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Florida attorney Jack Thompson has made a career of blaming high-intensity media for tragedy; including attributing the 2007 Virginia Tech massacres on video games.

Jack Thompson on Fox News  (Source: Kotaku, Fox News)
Jack Thompson finds another opportunity to blame games

It didn’t take long for Florida attorney Jack Thompson to link video games to the tragic Northern Illinois University massacre.

Fox News recently hosted Thompson, where he proceeded to pin the NIU shooter Steven Kazmierczak’s actions on violent videogames. Thompson started off, “We find from brain scans studies out of Harvard that if you get started playing, for example, violent video games you can you are more likely to copycat the behaviors in the games.”

The Florida attorney continued, “You can rehearse these type of massacres on simulators which are called video games and you can are therefore made more proficient in doing this.”

Thompson’s finger wasn’t alone in pointing at video games as fuel for the NIU tragedy. In its version of the story, the New York Post linked the killer to his habit of playing Counter Strike while studying sociology at Northern Illinois University in 2003 and 2004.

“He played a lot of video games, especially Counter Strike, really loud,” said dorm mate Ben Woloszyn, 24.

Omitted from the New York Post story, however, was that Counter Strike was a game played by many other students at school. The Northwest Herald wrote, “Kazmierczak often would play the video game Counter Strike, a first-person shooting game, the roommates said, but they were quick to add that the game was nothing unusual for dormitory halls.”

The Herald pointed to other potential issues, such as Kazmierczak’s time at an inpatient psychiatric rehabilitation center, and his reported discontinuation of his anti-depressant medication several weeks before the shooting.

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Whats even more funny!!!
By Fusible on 2/18/2008 5:46:16 PM , Rating: 2
DT never really pastes such a large pic of anyone or anything but they paste the poster child of anti-video games right below the headline on the homepage.

RE: Whats even more funny!!!
By KristopherKubicki on 2/18/2008 6:16:27 PM , Rating: 2
Change has to start somewhere :)

RE: Whats even more funny!!!
By gradoman on 2/18/2008 7:19:02 PM , Rating: 2
I really like the Looney Toons photo up on the front.

May I suggest you start a 'Toon of the Month' photo calendar? Let's start with Jack, go on to Michael (Bay), Steve Ballmer, Tom Cruise... get the point.

RE: Whats even more funny!!!
By Ringold on 2/18/2008 9:17:47 PM , Rating: 2
When I typed in and saw Jack suddenly staring at me it scared the heck out of me. The face of evil, suddenly staring at me, right there in the middle of my screen. I'm not used to pictures located in that column...

Please, make the transition with pictures less likely to induce seizures, fight-or-flight responses, or fits of rage. Jessica Alba pictures would be a nice transitional set. :)

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